Throughout the United States, 45,000 Verizon workers walked out on August 7, 2011
On Friday, August 19, 2011, on our way to the Cheesecake Factory in Chestnut Hill, we noticed 2 of those 45,000 Verizon workers, (2 of nearly 6,000 members in Massachusetts of the I.B.E.W. Local 2222) that are on strike against Verizon. They were standing along Route 9, holding the sign you see above, just beyond a Verizon truck at the corner of Boylston and Florence Streets. We stopped to ask how it was going. The striking Verizon worker said, "We just wanna get back to work, but we want the public to understand what's going on." Starting on June 22, Verizon pushed proposals that would allow them to outsource more jobs, including sending jobs overseas, slashing sick days, eliminating benefits for workers who get hurt on the job, and cutting the health care benefits they promised retirees . . . The good news is Verizon is still talking (negotiating) with the union; the bad news is they're still talking (negotiating) with the Union, and the strikers are still out of work!
See earlier blog post on Verizon strike entitled, "Newtonville, the Verizon Strike, and Grandpa Moses".